An Ongoing History of Quality Education; the Headmistress of Westfield School, Mrs Catherine Jawaheer, Gives an Overview of Newcastle's 'Best Kept Secret'

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An Ongoing History of Quality Education; the Headmistress of Westfield School, Mrs Catherine Jawaheer, Gives an Overview of Newcastle's 'Best Kept Secret'


WESTFIELD School was set up by a small group of business leaders back in 1960 who wanted to provide a unique education offering in the heart of Gosforth.

The school has been producing top performers year on year and it's fair to say; "Westfield is like a hidden gem" and is Newcastle's "best kept secret".

Mrs Jawaheer has a long history working in education, whether it be in teaching or leading - she has even spent a number of years working in the education department of Lincoln Park Zoo and the Historical Society in Chicago, USA.

"I am passionate about history and teaching - they really complemented each other during my time in the USA, it's one of the most memorable experiences of my career and I am so pleased to have done it - I had known from a very young age what I wanted to do.

"Being an educator, being able to influence and offer children intellect is so rewarding - it is important that everyone knows that Westfield produces aerospace engineers, investment bankers, consultants, scientists and the next new generation of female entrepreneurs."

Why did you choose Westfield School? I had been deputy head and headmistress of 2 other independent girls' schools previously and I was attracted to Westfield due the similar size and ethos.

I believe education should be inclusive, this school is non selective, we are equipped to welcome girls with every educational need and the staff here are so passionate and committed to bringing out the best in everyone.

What makes Westfield different? A:The size of the school is an important one, it means each girl is treated as an individual.

At our Junior House, the staff provide an exciting and nurturing learning environment, the broad curriculum we provide and our results at KS1 and 2. That doesn't tell half the story of school life though, the corridors are filled with laughter, its' a fun and fulfilling place to belong to.

Of course, school is not just for the child.

The process of dropping your daughter off for the first time at nursery or reception is an important experience for any parent and we make every effort to make sure our parents are informed and reassured from the very onset.

We are very experienced and committed to making sure that we support their daughters and their parents every step of the way.

For our GCSE results last year, 89% achieved A* to C grades and that included the all-important English and Maths. At A Level, last year 77% of our girls achieved A* to A grades with a 100% pass rate.

The pure quality of the grades achieved made us the top performing girls' school in Newcastle and Northumberland. It made us a top 5 school, nationally.

That's not all though, we believe each girl needs "enrichment" - we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities ranging from sport, orchestra, Latin club, dancing, construction to Eco Club. There is no limit to how many clubs a girl can join - it helps to open their minds to the world - we try and prepare them for life beyond school.

What else makes the Westfield experience a unique one? …

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